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Burmese Junta Protests British Meddling - 2004-05-30


Burma's military government has told Britain, its former colonial power, to stop interfering in its internal political affairs.

A strongly-worded message today (Sunday) came a few days after Britain urged Burma's neighbors to put pressure on the junta to release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and include her party in constitutional talks.

The statement urged Britain to refrain from further destabilizing the evolution currently taking place towards democracy.

British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said Friday it is wrong for the Burmese military to keep Aung San Suu Kyi and her deputy, Tin Oo, under house arrest and prevent them from taking part in the constitutional convention.

Western powers say the convention called by the military government lacks legitimacy. The Burmese government insists it is committed to reforms, but at its own pace.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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